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Top 10 books that every MEP Engineer Needs Right Now

Updated: Jun 27

Here's a list of top 10 books that every MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) engineer could find valuable:

  1. ASHRAE Handbook Series - Specifically volumes like Fundamentals, HVAC Systems and Equipment, and HVAC Applications. These are comprehensive resources covering everything from fundamentals to advanced HVAC systems design.

  2. NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) - Essential for understanding electrical design standards and safety requirements in buildings.

  3. ASHRAE Standard 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings - Crucial for understanding energy efficiency requirements and standards in building design.

  4. Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings by Walter T. Grondzik, Alison G. Kwok, Benjamin Stein, and John S. Reynolds - A comprehensive guide covering a wide range of mechanical and electrical systems used in buildings.

  5. HVAC Equations, Data, and Rules of Thumb, Third Edition by Arthur Bell and W. Larsen Angel - Great guide with lots of HVAC info for

  6. Audel HVAC Fundamentals, Volume 1: Heating Systems, Furnaces, and Boilers by James E. Brumbaugh - A practical guide covering heating systems, furnaces, and boilers, essential for HVAC design and maintenance.

  7. Audel HVAC Fundamentals, Volume 2: Heating System Components, Gas and Oil Burners, and Automatic Controls by James E. Brumbaugh - A practical guide covering heating system components, gas and oil burners, and automatic controls

  8. Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning by Andrew D. Althouse, Carl H. Turnquist, and Alfred F. Bracciano - Comprehensive coverage of refrigeration principles, equipment, and applications.

  9. The Lost Art of Steam Heating: by Dan Holohan - Steam expert explains his knowledge gained in over 25 years of studying and troubleshooting steam systems.

  10. Facilities Site Piping Systems Handbook by Michael Frankel - Covers the design, installation, and maintenance of piping systems in buildings, including plumbing and HVAC piping.


These books cover a wide range of topics essential for MEP engineers, from fundamentals to advanced design principles and standards. They serve as valuable resources for both learning and reference throughout an engineer's career.

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